NERVE PAIN AND
Robert Jamison,Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and Psychiatry at Harvard University Medical School, reported in 1996, "Disability from pain has exploded in the past 50 years. It's become an epidemic."
Pain is an important part of our lives,a valuable protective mechanism in the nervous system for our body and health. It tells us, via the brain, that something in the body is not as it should be. No doctor can measure the intensity of pain a sufferer is experiencing. It is certainly a very personal and subjective experience. Our emotions, feelings, attitudes and beliefs are all involved in how we experience and quantify pain.
My only pain management expertiseis that I have had nine years' personal experience of chronic nerve or neuropathic pain. In mid 1993 I acquired a rare peripheral nerve disorder, known now as Paraproteinaemic Demyelinating Neuropathy or PDN for short or even MGUS associated neuropathy. www.pdn-info.co.uk is my website about this. Part of my experience of this neuropathy, with the associated pain, has been that it is influenced by changes in the weather or to be more precise by mini-lows. These downward changes in local atmospheric pressure, within a ‘high’ or a ‘low’ appear to influence the degree of pain I experience.
This observation and experiencehas led me to find out more about presumed relationships between the weather and pain. Is this an "old wives' tale"? Some of what I have learned is set out on this site, in case it is of interest and benefit to other pain sufferers. The main features can be found on the pages listed below. Ken Sawyer.
This page last modified on Monday September 5th, 2005